If all goes according to plan, Alexander Singer will have a year of credits under his belt by the time he begins college next fall even though he's still a high school student.

If all goes according to plan, Alexander Singer will have a year of credits under his belt by the time he begins college next fall even though he's still a high school student.

Attending Metro Early College High School, whose students remain in the Franklin County public school system, is something that Singer believes has helped him develop a strong work ethic in the classroom.

He's attempted to take that same principle into competition for the Whetstone boys track and field team, for which he's the most experienced runner on a distance corps that has high hopes for the coming postseason.

"It's been really challenging as a student because I had to take things like calculus my sophomore year," Singer said. "It's paid off because I've gotten a year of credit. What inspires me is working hard."

Last season in the City League meet, Singer ran on the 3,200-meter relay that placed first (8 minutes, 12.4 seconds) and took second in the 3,200 (10:38.12) and third in the 1,600 (4:45.93).

Then in the Division I, district 3 meet at Hilliard Bradley, he was on the 3,200 relay that placed fifth (8:14.59) to miss advancing to regional by one spot and finished seventh in the 3,200 (10:25.83).

Singer began running with his father while in seventh grade before 2011 graduate Evan Schwartz encouraged him to run for Whetstone when he was a freshman.

Last season, Schwartz placed eighth at regional in the 3,200 (9:43.31) and was a member of the 3,200 relay.

Seniors Kris Bachtel, Keinan Ali and Steve Mewael and sophomores Hayden Palmer and David Simmons are candidates to join Singer on the 3,200 relay this postseason. Bachtel is a first-year runner.

"Our distance team is doing well," coach Joe Monda said. "Alexander Singer is looking good in the mile. He's a hard worker and one of our captains this year along with Keinan and Steve. He's a fantastic student."

In the Dublin Coffman Classic on April 14, the 3,200 relay finished eighth (8:39.02) and Bachtel took eighth in the 800 (2:03.62) to score the Braves' only points. Singer was 20th in the 3,200 (10:43.52).

"We all support each other really well," Singer said. "We all kind of realize that we have to put in the effort and we've got some really good talent. My teammates are really the most fun to be around. They're hard workers, brave and a great inspiration.

"It's really inspirational to see (Bachtel) run. He's fantastic. He doesn't have a lot of the conditioning that some of the other guys have, but he's ot the determination. I believe our fastest time (in the 3,200 relay) is 8:37, and, of course, we're going to get that down."

Boys tennis team hopes to stay in contention

The boys tennis team hopes to remain in contention for a berth in the City championship match.

The Braves, who lost to Centennial 3-2 on April 18 and to Columbus West 4-1 on April 20, haven't competed for the City League title since 2006.

Against Centennial, the first-doubles team of Drew Gabalski and Matthew Ray and the second-doubles team of Karshe Ali and Quinton Pruneau were winners. Losing matches against the Stars were Mohumud Sharif at first singles, Harley Tripp at second singles and Tyler Weissant at third singles.

Against West, Gabalski and Matthew Ray won at first doubles.

Beechcroft beat Centennial 3-2 on April 16 but lost to Whetstone 3-2 on March 26 and to West 4-1 on April 18.

Centennial plays host to West on Wednesday, May 2.

The City championship match will be held May 14.

"It's going to be close between us, Centennial and West," coach Bucky Walters said. "One thing if we all were to tie, Centennial and West have been in the City championship match more recently than us. We always seem to just miss out on making it.

"Our singles players are all so even. I might do some experimenting with the lineup (this) week. I have kind of an advantage because they're all so even."